By Guest Blogger: Jennifer Lee, Account Manager

Do you ever wonder what a hospital is really looking at on your resume?  This is one question that I get asked the most when helping a recruiter place a nurse.

Facilities need nurses for various reasons.  They can sometimes request a nurse for maternity leave coverage or someone to fill an opening when a traveler is leaving.  There is always a reason as to why they need a candidate but often the travel agencies are not informed of this reason, and this makes it harder to better direct applicants to positions more likely to offer the job to you.

With more than 10 years of experience in the travel industry, I have uncovered 5 Categories that drive the facility’s decision making.

  1. License
  2. Certifications
  3. Credentials
  4. Start Date
  5. Travel Experience


Sometimes licenses can be tricky!  Some states are harder than others.  For example: It takes 4-6 weeks to get a license in PA where TX only takes about 1-2 weeks.  The harder the licensure process, the more likely the facility will consider it a requirement.


Every healthcare professional has a BLS.  What are you doing to stand apart from the rest of the submissions sent to the facility’s Directors and Hiring Managers?  Facilities are looking for a nurse who has received all the certifications that pertain to their specialty.  This can include TNCC for ER nurses and CPI for psych nurses, for example.


I cannot stress this enough:  Please have a file with you at all times with copies of your certifications, immunizations and health records.  It is vital that your agency can provide these documents upon request.  A great investment would be to obtain titers for all of your immunity levels.

Start Date

Facilities are looking for immediate starts but the industry standard at this time is 1-2 weeks.  You should allow your recruiter to submit you out 4-6 weeks in advance but don’t worry if you have not located a job until you get to the 1-2 week mark.  It can take a little longer the further out you are from your potential start date and patience is recommended.  However, some facilities are in dire need and can take candidates based on a start date alone.

Travel Experience

Travel Experience on your resume is a great sales tool for someone like me to push your profile and highlight you to any facility.  The fact that you have already experienced a new area, reoriented to a new facility and did so successfully really shows how capable you are as a travel nurse, someone they know they can rely upon.  It is harder to place a nurse with no travel experience so I recommend you consider any suggestions your Recruiter may have regarding likelihood of interviews and offers.

I hope you have found this information helpful and informative.  Good luck in your future placements with TRS Healthcare!




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